The POBLO Connection
Food, Dance, and Patriotism!
This year was my first time attending the International Women’s Tea. The overall atmosphere at our non-profit organization was very friendly, but there was also an undercurrent of excitement to see and taste new things.
I was very impressed by the variety of delicious ethnic dishes, some I knew, and some were new. It was so entertaining to see the different ways various cultures dance. The Mexican dancers had us clapping and tapping our feet, while the Hawaiian troupe was more graceful and worshipful.
The costumes were great!
There was also a clear theme of patriotism throughout the event, from the opening Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem, to the Parade of Nations Flag Ceremony at the end. I loved it!
A little over a week ago, I was blessed to be able to attend the 2018 International Women’s Tea Party.
How can I describe this event?
I guess the best way to describe it, is to say it is a pleasure to your senses. First you walk into the room and your eyes are delighted and overwhelmed with color.
Flags from all the nations hang from the ceiling, the tables are set with lovely decorations from different countries, and the women are all so beautiful in colorful national costumes. As you begin to walk around, your nose begins to pick up all the wonderful aromas of foods from around the world.
As you make your way to your table, you are greeted with smiles and warm words. After a lovely time of prayer, you are then invited to leave your assigned table and begin to delight your mouth with the tastes of the delicious foods.
No matter what your preferences are, you will find something to satisfy you!
From hot and spicy, to sweet, to savory, to salty… each table brings a new adventure of taste! And what I love even more are all of the wonderful conversations with kind and wonderful women from around the world!
After enjoying all of this, your ears are then delighted with lovely music from different countries and you get to enjoy women and children sharing their culture through dance. The great testimonies about how women found Jesus and how God has lead them in their move to the west.
How my heart praised God as I listened to this!
As the afternoon came to the end, a parade of nations again filled your eyes and ears with sounds of people from around the world as everyone joined in to sing God Bless America. There was also a clear theme of patriotism throughout the event, from the opening Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem, to the Parade of Nations Flag Ceremony at the end.
The women loved it!
It was a wonderful afternoon full of pleasure and my heart was filled with the joy of meeting women from around the world who have come to know my Lord Jesus and who are walking this road with him and with me!
-Cathy Knox (an attendee’s observation of the International tea!)
About Our Non-Profit Organization’s International Tea
Close to 450 women from 35+ countries attended the tea–Women from far distances traveled to attend the tea, Sandra Felsing and Janet Abts traveled for Mt Calvary Lutheran church, Milwaukee, WI; Jan Johnson from Trinity Lutheran Church, Traverse City, MI, attended the tea with her daughter and sister; and many others from outside the Detroit Metro area!